The Joint Commission International (JCI) was established in 1997 as a division of the Joint Commission Resources, Inc. (JCR), a private, non-profit affiliate of the Joint Commission. JCI main focus, as stated in its mission, is to extend the Joint Commission’s mission into the world. In order to accomplish this, JCI assist international health care organizations, public health agencies, health ministries and others in the process of improving their quality and safety of patient care. JCI worldwide operation covers more than 80 countries. International hospitals seek accreditation to demonstrate quality, and JCI accreditation is considered a seal of approval by medical travelers from the U.S.
In 2007, JCI was accredited by the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua). ISQA is a non-profit, independent organization, that accredits accrediting bodies, with members in more than 70 countries. With the approval of ISQua, we can be assured that the standards, training and processes used by JCI to survey the performance of health care organizations, meet the highest international benchmarks for accreditation entities.
In fact, the world’s first World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre, dedicated exclusively to patient safety solutions, is a joint partnership between the WHO, The Joint Commission, and JCI.
In 1999, JCI accredited the first hospital outside the US, Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, a private, non-profit, non-governmental facility in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Since then, more than 300 public and private health care organizations have been accredited by JCI.
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